Underwood said of the project, “Halloween is a magical time of year, and we want kids to have fun and be safe out there. You know what they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, or candy, as the case may be.”
This new public safety film follows in a long line of shorts from collaborators McCasland & Underwood. Their "Go Green With Dr. Gangrene" series ran for several years and received praise from the governor of Tennessee and the Nashville City Council. It also garnered national attention, picking up awards from the AEGIS awards, Ava Awards, MarCom Awards, Blingy Awards, The Accolade Competition, The DV Awards, a Public Service award from the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, and four Emmy nominations from the Midsouth Chapter of the National Television Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Happy Halloween With Dr. Gangrene will air on The CW network as well as the NECAT network locally in Nashville, which currently airs re-reruns of the television program "Dr. Gangrene Presents." It will also be screening at a number of Halloween-themed events in October hosted by Dr. Gangrene, including the rock n' roll extravaganza Dr. Gangrene's Horror Hootenanny.
In addition to this new short film, Underwood & McCasland are helping fans celebrate Halloween by making their 2010 Emmy nominated made for television movie The Dreadful Hallowgreen Special available to stream for free during the month of October on the Dr. Gangrene YouTube channel. The half-hour comedy also features New England's Penny Dreadful and the legendary Count Gore DeVol.
2015 has been a banner year for the horror film making duo. Underwood's Dr. Gangrene was inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame during Horrorhound Weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio. His web series The Fantastic Films of Vincent Price just completed its 44th episode, and he picked up his third Rondo Statuette this time for his "Tales From The Lab" blog. McCasland was named Indie Director Of The Year at the 2015 Indieville TV Awards. His feature length slasher film The Lashman was the recipient of a Matchflick Flicker Award for Best Throwback film. His newly released short film Tailypo recently picked up honors at the Imaginarium Film Festival. And he has also picked up hardware for his video producing work on several music industry related projects including a Communicator award for his documentary I Heard The Devil Say My Name Out Loud